MRSA can linger on surfaces for months

December 9, 2019

Researchers found that in households of people with a MRSA infection, the bacteria can be found on surfaces including refrigerator handles, bath towels, light switches, video game controllers and even pets, according to an article on the NBC News website.

According to the study in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. MRSA found that stopping the spread of MRSA could be achieved with good hygiene.

The study found that hand-washing was the most effective weapon against infection. In households with a family member who had the infection, those who washed their hands with soap and water regularly were less likely to pick up the bacteria. 

MRSA was more likely to spread when people shared bedrooms, beds, towels or hygiene items such as razors and toothbrushes with someone who carried the bacteria.

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